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Introducing Wines of South America

Posted on: March 15th, 2018 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Our new wine flight features South America! Warm up from the cold with a taste of a sunnier destination. The featured wines are a diverse live up with something for every palate.

 

The Coralillo 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio Valley D.O., from Chile is a  highly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. It delivers potent aromas of green chiles, grapefruit, and papaya that give way to a juicy, acidic palate with both savory and citric qualities and an elegant minerality.

 

The 2014 Syrah Gran Reserva from Aconcagua, Chile is sure to delight. The Echeverria family has been producing excellent wines from Chile for over four generations, and it has remained a true family business. This Syrah is powerfully aromatic and concentrated, with notes of poblano, smoke, and velvety black fruit.

 

The Gen Del Alma JIJIJI is a 2017 Pinot Noir/ Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.  This fun blend of Pinot and Malbec is an unusual offering for the Mendoza area of Argentina; this wine undergoes carbonic maceration which lends uniquely luscious notes of vibrant red fruit, rhubarb, and bubble gum with a touch of intriguing minerality.

Stop in today for a glass and you might just walk out buying a bottle of one of these delicious options!

Give the Gift of Vinology and Get a Bonus!

Posted on: October 29th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Both the wine lover and foodie on your holiday list would absolutely love the gift of Vinology! We’re so sure of it, we’re running a special promotion from November 6 (we know some of you like to shop early!) to December 23. For every $50 gift card you purchase, you’ll get a $10 bonus. For every $100 gift card you purchase, you’ll get a $20 bonus!

 

Vinology gift cards can be used for meals and wines we sell by the bottle. They don’t expire, either!

 

Give the gift of:

  • Date night out
  • Global cuisine
  • Ann Arbor’s best wine list
  • Ann Arbor’s best wine cellar
  • Almost bottomless mimosas and bloody mary’s and a second to none brunch menu
  • Menu created by award-winning chef Adam Galloway
  • Seasonally fresh menu – food and cocktails
  • Contemporary atmosphere that’s pretty romantic (if we do say so ourselves)
  • Waitstaff dedicated to making every meal with us perfect

 

Due to the high fees we pay for online transactions, we prefer guests purchase gift cards in-restaurant and phone.  Vinology gift cards can be purchased online via OpenTable.com, using the coupon code VINO110GIFT.

What’s Old World Wine?

Posted on: August 20th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

We are looking forward to introducing old world wines you should be drinking today at our event this Thursday night. But, what does old world mean?

Old world wines are from regions where winemaking was born. These include wines from France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany. The taste and alcohol content of old world wines are effected by the terroir – literally, the soil where the grapes are grown – and how the wine is made.

New world wines are from regions where wine would’ve been imported once European settlers moved to countries like the U.S., South America, and Australia.

One thing that we love about old world wines is that they were often crafted to accompany the type of food prevalent in the region – think Italian wines and pasta. There’s no doubt that this thinking is reflected in how Vinology approaches our menu and pairing suggestions.

There are still a few spaces available for Old World Varietals You Should Drink Today on Thursday evening, 6 to 8 p.m. The event costs $40 per person and registration is by phone: 734-222-9841.

Italian Wines: Back to the Future Wine is on August 24

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Join us for our latest wine club event, Italian Wines: Back to the Future Wine on Thursday, August 24, from 6-8 p.m. You’ll taste old world Italian wine you should drink today. The event is sure to be a fun, laid back, delicious time!

 

For those of you who like to do your homework in advance, our featured wines are:

  • Abbazia di Novacella Kerner Alto Adige 2015
    Andrea Felici Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jessi 2015
    Gratis Ciutta Roballa Gialla Collio 2015
    Valle del Acate Frapatto Vittoria 2015
    Grati Mondo Caniolo IGT Toscana 2012
    Tenuta Ibidini Nero DíAvola Sicilia 2015
    Torre Raone Rosso Colline Pescaresi IGT 2011
    Borgo Maragliano Brachetto Piemonte 2016

The cost for this can’t-miss tasting is $40/person. If you’re a member of our wine club, the tasting is free for you and half off for your guest.

Space for this event is limited, and reservations are required. Please call (734) 222-9841 to let us know you’ll be joining us.

 

 

Welcome, Ian!

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Vinology is happy to introduce a new lead bartender on our team, Ian Youngs. Ian is a Michigan native who’s returning home after working in Aspen, Colo. for the last several years. In addition to a wealth of experience, he brings to us a healthy reverence for classic cocktails. We’re excited for what he’ll be serving up to our guests.

 

We took the time for a little Q&A with Ian, so you can get to know him!

 

Ian, you’re a classic come back story – moved away from Michigan before returning “home”. Tell us about your experience.

I grew up in the Irish Hills and attended Adrian High School. Then, I went to The University of Michigan and studied MCDB (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology). In my senior year, I began my studies with The Master Court of Sommeliers, where I continue to learn more in the Wine World. As far as cocktail knowledge, I have learned all of my skills, cocktails, and style from working in various bars with various awesome bartenders, managers, and sommeliers. I helped run a bar program for the Hotel Jerome in Aspen Colorado, from which I was recruited to open, design, pick my team, and manage/bartend for Hooch, a craft cocktail bar in Aspen, Colorado. I continue to grow my knowledge through the Guild of Sommeliers and BarSmarts as well as various other classes, seminars, and books on the respective subjects.

 

What do you recommend to people unsure of what to order at the bar?

My views on choosing a cocktail are the same I have for choosing a wine: Go with what you like, but talk to your bartender/server/sommelier and have them guide you to the beverage that you will most enjoy. Cocktails on the house list are lovely, but know that we want to concoct the perfect drink to match your evening. We are professionals in this and have TONS of stuff to talk about and show our guests. If it’s specific to cocktails and you are feeling adventurous just sit at my bar and ask me to run with it. The world of cocktails has so much to offer and (like wine) has many wonderful ways of being expressed.

 

What’s your favorite food and drink pairing?

During my interview there, the food and beverage manager of the Hotel Jerome skyped me and asked, “If tomorrow was the last day on earth, tell me a classic cocktail – food pairing and a wine – food pairing.” Being that we were getting to know each other I relaxed a bit and joked around with him by answering, “For the wine I would have to go with a bottle of 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild and a lovely Roasted Duck. For the cocktail pairing, I’d have to choose a Boulevardier using Buffalo Trace with a rather large plate of nachos.”

 

What’s your favorite thing about being in Ann Arbor?

Well Ann Arbor has so much to offer that its hard to pin point a best part… but with regards to F&B I guess I would have to say the culture created in this city and how there is forever growing diversity of people and their peculiar pallets.

 

Wine experts agree: Don’t miss the 2009 Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

One of the benefits to having experts guide our wine team is that we are able to bring you the best wines on the market. Take, for example, the 2009 Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino DOCG from Italy. This older vintage wine is hard to come by anywhere else, but we’ve got it on our menu!

This amazing gem was given 93 points by Wine Spectator, 92 points by James Suckling, and 91 points by Wine Advocate. Experts agree that this wine is not-to-be-missed. You wont be disappointed asking for it next time you’re in the restaurant!

 

 

30 Wines for $30: Vino Value

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Join us on Thursday, January 26 for Vino Value. You’ll enjoy 30 wines for $30 (plus tax and gratuity) as well as light hors d’oeurves.

 

Reservations are required and space is limited. Please call 734-222-9841 to make your reservation today. This event sells out, so don’t wait!

At the Bar: Ordering Wine with Food

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

‘Tis the season of entertaining! Many of us enjoy holiday celebrations out on the town around this time of year, and many of us are intimidated when it comes to ordering wine to share with the table. Our very own John Jonna explains the basics in our latest “At the Bar” vlog. Watch and learn all you need to know to order wine while dining out, like a pro!

 

Whatcha Drinking? A Primer on Blind Wine Tastings

Posted on: October 14th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

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One of the most fun elements of our upcoming Black Wine Night events, offered on October 19 and October 26, is the blind wine tasting. Each of the dinner’s five courses is served with a specially-chosen wine… poured in a black glass from a bottle whose label is concealed by a black cloth. Throughout the meal, attendees will be encouraged to guess which wine they’re tasting; wines will be revealed at the end of the night.

Guessing the right wines can be made a little easier by understanding varietals, a concept that can be intimidating but really just means understanding that where grapes are grown impacts a wine’s texture and taste. We love this handy online resource for learning more about varietals as well as which wines pair well with specific foods and other wine info.

Want to test your blind tasting accuracy before Black Wine Night? Check out the exams that Master Sommeliers have to pass to be certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers. There are two exams: One for whites and one for reds.